To Give or To Receive in Pennsylvania: Job Protections for Organ or Tissue Donation

Effective June 26, 2021, covered employers will have one more job protection leave to pay attention to. Here’s the gist: What: Living Donor Protection Act Who: Pennsylvania employers subject to federal FMLA obligations Who else: Pennsylvania employees who meet the same eligibility requirements as the federal FMLA Why: Job protected absences due to surgery prep … Continued

IRS Publishes Updated FAQs on Federal Tax Credits for Emergency Paid Leave Taken in Q1 2021

On January 28, 2021, the IRS published updated FAQs to address the availability of federal tax credits as reimbursement for emergency paid sick leave and emergency family and medical leave provided to eligible employees between January 1 and March 31, 2021. The revisions brought the IRS guidance into alignment with legislation that extended into 2021 … Continued

American Rescue Plan Aims to Resuscitate FFCRA Emergency Paid Leave Mandate

President Biden has unveiled his proposed framework for additional federal COVID-19 relief legislation, named the “American Rescue Plan.” The American Rescue Plan touches many topics including but not limited to a national COVID-19 vaccination effort, another round of direct stimulus payments, federal workplace safety and health standards, and extension of certain unemployment benefits. Most significantly … Continued

DOL Solidifies Position That Telemedicine Appointments Qualify as In-Person Visits Under FMLA

On December 29, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a Field Assistance Bulletin solidifying its position that telemedicine visits qualify as “in-person visits” for the purpose of establishing a serious health condition under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Under the FMLA, one way to establish the existence of a serious health … Continued

EEOC Updates Guidance for Veterans with Disabilities and Their Current and Prospective Employers

The EEOC recently issued three revised guidance documents addressing the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to the employment of veterans with disabilities: (1) EEOC Efforts for Veterans with Disabilities, (2) Understanding Your Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide … Continued

Part 3: California Leave Legislation: California Kin Care Clarification and Victim Leave Law Amendment

In this third and final part of our series on recent leave legislation changes in California and the expected impact on absence management, we’ll review the state’s recent clarification of kin care law and victim leave laws, including employer notification requirements. Kin Care Clarification California’s Kin Care law (California Labor Code § 233) requires that … Continued